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Frankfort Star (Newspaper) - May 27, 1990, Frankfort, Illinois Vander Laan continued from Page Al to say $200 this year. This acquisition is being paid for by All of the taxpayers in will county and its Only going to Benefit 13 Homes in Kohl Wood. A i think the people in Kohl Wood Are politically connected. That a what this is about. They have political party affiliations. This is a political Vander Laan also said that not everyone in Mokena wants the Forest Board to buy twin Woods. A you believe the amount of support i have. My petition presented to the Mokena Village Board last fall showed it. Everybody in this subdivision Green Meadow the subdivision closest to Kohl Wood and twin Woods signed it except for six people. A i have signatures from More than three dozen businesses in Mokena including . Matteson noway disposal White Hen pantry Mokena pharmacy Wolf Road pharmacy. A i got a phone Call from a resident who said what they be done to you makes me sick. A if you talk to anybody Tell you in a getting a raw Deal. I do have support. A there is just no reason for it. In a not asking for a toxic waste dump. I just want to build some Vander Laan said that he has an annexation agreement with the Village on file one that never was signed because Kohl Wood residents intervened with pressure for a tree ordinance. A the tree ordinance was a smoke screen a he said. A it was just to stall the annexation a prerequisite to starting construction until the Forest preserve District could condemn the land. A then they started a letter writing Campaign and had All the politicians toddler saved fast action by a baby Sitter May have saved the life of a Frankfort township toddler who fell into a swimming Pool last week. The 18-month old child William Dyer apparently had wandered into the backyard without being noticed late wednesday morning. The toddler was at the Home of Margaret and Joseph Libner who run a Day care Center in Frankfort Square. Joseph Libner administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation while his wife called for an ambulance. By the time Frankfort firefighters arrived the youngster was breathing on his own. William was taken to Olympia Fields osteopathic medical Center but parents asked that no information be released on the child a condition a Hospital spokeswoman said. And everybody they could think of writing letters to the Village Board telling them not to talk to me about annexation and preliminary plats of development. A there is no logical reason for it to be happening. Its All political Vander Laan also refuted claims that he has attempted to harass Kohl Wood residents by parking earthmoving equipment at the Edge of the Woods by walking near the property and by sitting in the Woods late at night blaring a portable stereo. A they think i parked the Bulldozer there to threaten them that ill bulldoze the Trees a he said shaking his head. A have i bulldozed any Trees i could have done that. I could have done that a Long time ago. But if i did i have any wooded lots to sell would i a the Bulldozer is not for intimidation. I bought it to build houses. I used it to dig the foundation for this House in Green Meadows a Vander Laan admits walking around twin Woods noting a Why i its my property. I love that property. A but in a not out there in the Middle of the night with a radio. There Are Beer cans All Over the place. Its probably some kids having Vander Laan also pointed out that As a husband and father of six Young children he is not out in the Early morning hours listening to loud music in the Woods. A a in be put up with an awful lot a he said. A a it a Cost me a lot of Money. And what about the harassment i get obscene phone Calls All the time. I got this in the mail an unsigned copy of the petition Kohl Wood circulated in will county supporting the Forest preserve District acquisition. It has a the funeral card is All that remains and a fool stamped on it. I done to know who sent Vander Laan also had to contend with a Kohl Wood resident who extended a two Inch pipe about 150 feet into the Woods to discharge raw sewage from his Home. Vander Laan said he saw the pipe on the residents property a went looking for the rest of it and found it covered with leaves and hidden. The will county health department initiated a lawsuit against the resident but Vander Laan had already Cut the offending pipe at the Edge of his property. A when this is Over if i lose Kohl Woods going to win because have twin Woods As their own personal Back Yards. And if i win win because have Village sewer and Road Village estimates show that if Vander Laan develops twin Woods he would pay for the bulk of sewer line extensions through Kohl Wood to his subdivision. Kohl Wood residents could tap on to Village lines a relieving Long troubled septic systems there a for about $8,000. If Vander Laan does not build Kohl Wood homeowners can expect to pay $27,000 or More to tie into Village sewer lines which would have to be extended for them along Laporte Road. A so either Way Kohl Wood benefits. But who else will Benefit nobody. Not the Village of Mokena a Vander Laan said. A my family has made a lot of per Bank robbery continued from Page Al Tor in the arrest according to Johnson. A the witness observed a Man running through the parking lot who sounded similar to the description of the Bank Johnson said the Eye witness caught the License plate number of the car the suspect jumped into and that plate was traced Back to Young. Although the suspect had put a phony address on the License form a a lot of Basic solid leg work by agents on the Case led to his arrest at a private Home in Laporte Johnson said. Arresting agents recovered $2,000 in Cash. A sum pegged at $4,000 was taken in the new Lenox Holdup. Agents also found sunglasses a Golf style Cap and a Blue Pellet gun with Wood hand grips. The items All matched those used in the new Lenox robbery Johnson said. The weapon however a was not a real gun a Johnson said. A it was a Pellet gun manufactured to resemble a .357 magnum revolver a he said. This is the second string of Bank robberies in the South suburban and Northwest Indiana Region that appear to have been solved. Last december Robert Maro of North suburban Mchenry was arrested and charged with eight robberies including one in Crete and another in Frankfort Square. 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A so i still have Stavola meanwhile said the Khan a support of the condemnation is not a politically motivated. A i have called every will county Board member a he said a and they were not All in the same party. In fact some of our most ardent supporters Are democrats and republicans Stavola shrugged off claims of a tree ordinance smoke screen a i done to know Why he said that. A it is our belief that the generations to come Are the ones who will Benefit by the Woods a he said explaining Khan a position. A from All the experts and from All the literature i have when you destroy the Woods the Overall environment of the world the a accepted research a Stavola said supports saving Trees. Saving twin Woods he added genuinely is Kohl Wood a concern. Stavola also disputed Vander Laanes profit claims. A when he stalking about making a profit he says its $800,000. Now that he stalking about losing Money its $2 million. A the wants people to feel sorry for him. He is not going to lose Stavola conceded that the $95,000 profit that would be made if Vander Laan accepted the Forest preserves offer Isnit much. A a that a True but he does no to stand to lose will county Board member Gary Orler a District 2meanwhile said he believes Vander Laan would have been better off negotiating a Price with the Forest preserve District. Orler who also serves on the Forest Board said a a it a not realistic to refuse to negotiate. A a it a not that we reach a Price with him a he said. A it was that there was no Price. He refused to negotiate. A i think we could have reached an agreeable Price. As with anything else if you refuse to sit Down and negotiate you make no Progress. He just refused to negotiate. A my position on this a and i told him this a was Why not negotiate an agreeable Price and then take the Money and buy some land somewhere else a but he did no to want to do like Stavola Orler said the Woods is important to future generations. 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